To long time forum followers you've probably read many of my musings dealing with the history of game development here in my neighborhood. Just received this article from one of my GD subscriptions:
November 5, 2003
Atari Closes Ex-MicroProse Studio
Representatives of French publisher Atari have confirmed that the company has closed down its Hunt Valley development studio, now that work on Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes is complete. All thirty-five jobs at the studio will go, although the company has indicated that the services of a few key staff could be retained elsewhere.
The studio was previously known as MicroProse, before it was bought by Habsro Interactive and then Atari (nee Infogrames). As such it was responsible for a number of classic PC titles, including Sid Meier’s Civilization, Pirates! and Railroad Tycoon.